Advanced Facilitation (5 March)

This event has been rescheduled for 9 April and 18 May. If interested, please book onto one of these.

Advanced Facilitation will put the spotlight on essential facilitation techniques. The Advanced Facilitation one day course is tailored for seasoned consultants, trainers, board and committee chairs, CEOs or executive directors, and others who work with governing boards, committees, task forces and/or advisory groups.

The day will cover the following:

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • A range of theories that inform facilitation
  • Dealing with resistance
  • Using post it notes for powerful facilitation
  • Using questions to engender better understanding
  • Resolving conflict and confronting difficult issues and moving towards agreement
  • Productive meetings - a specific way of including and engaging member of the group
  • Modelling positive attitudes
  • Developing your facilitation toolkit - Tips and tools that help

Advanced Facilitation will assume knowledge and experience. Participants would have facilitated groups and be looking to hone their skills further.


Tesse Akpeki is a consultant in leadership, management, governance and personal development. She heads Bates Well Braithwaite’s Onboard programme based in the City of London.

For thirteen years she played a role in shaping the governance programme at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in England. Attending a one-year leadership development programme run by Learn As Lead, San Francisco, USA, she completed intensive training on Community Development and Appreciative Inquiry and is a graduate of Creating the Future (USA). A qualified coach, facilitator and mediator, she brings a practical slant to the work she undertakes. Working with over 1000 non-profit boards nationally and internationally, she acts as a Leadership Coach, and undertakes governance reviews. She has authored 20 governance books and blogs for Civil Society Media in England. As a lawyer, she has served as a non-executive director and is a Governor of International Student House and Chair of its Governance Committee. Clients have included TimeWarner International, The Home Office, Amnesty International, Citizens Advice, NCVO, National Trust, BACP, YHA, Fostering Network, WaterAid, Action Aid, National Trust, UnLtd, Charity Aid Foundation, Centre for Strategy and Communication and Centre for Charity Effectiveness to name a few.

Mark Trezona 

Mark is Managing Director and Head of New Partnerships for BridgeBuilders S.T.G. Limited, the company he co-founded with his partner in 2000. He has an MA in Management Learning & Leadership (MAMLL), specialising in Organisational Communications and in 2010 achieved an MA with distinction in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University.

He has worked as an independent trainer, facilitator and consultant since 1990. During this time his work has included all aspects of training from needs analysis, programme design and delivery through to evaluation in a wide range of management, communications and interpersonal skill development. His training repertoire includes advanced communications, selling; marketing and customer care along with appraisal and interview skills, negotiation skills, managing conflict, public speaking and advanced presentation skills.

His specialist expertise is in leadership and management, team development, learning, creativity, communications and performance. His approach uses the best use of Appreciative Inquiry (finding out what is already working well), reflective practice and experiential learning, rehearsal, and – when helpful – arts-based activities such as story telling, improvisation, theatre games and visual arts. He has extensive experience in devising and crafting programmes for workshops, ‘performances’ and conferences. He is co-author of “Did It Deliver? – evaluating arts-based training inside business” published by Arts & Business (2001).

He deliberately works across sectors with organisations of all sizes. His organisational development experience includes programmes with Universities, HEFCE, UUK, OU Worldwide, UFI Ltd, Wandsworth Borough Council, MTV Europe, AMEX, Arts & Business and Arts Council England.


9.30am Registration

10.00am - 4.30pm seminar

4.30pm networking and drinks


The price is £180, inclusive of VAT. Please fill in your details below to book your place and pay by card. For any payment queries, please email [email protected]

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If you are not able to attend the event, a substitute can be sent in your place at no extra charge.
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